Candace Fleming was in IT at Cadbury Adams USA LLC when the maker of Dentyne and Black Jack was snapped up by pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. and later spun off by Pfizer to Cadbury Schweppes PLC. "So I got some terrific lessons of what it means to have essentially the same job but for three very different companies," she said.
|Candace Fleming, vice president, IT, Columbia University|
The experience of adapting her CIO duties to the style of three different owners has served her well at Columbia University, she said, where building bridges among the university's 17 schools, many of which have their own IT systems, is her chief challenge. "So that was my own little merger -- trying to build on the best qualities of all the organizations" in an environment where faculty members are kings.